Memorial Service for Alex Pierce Set for July 16

Alex Pierce (left) was taken off life support Thursday, more than a month after a drowning incident at a local pool. Photo courtesy of ...

Alex Pierce (left) was taken off life support Thursday, more than a month after a drowning incident at a local pool.
Photo courtesy of Alex Pierce GoFundMe page

Update: A memorial service for Alex Pierce will be held at The Rock Church, 38710 Sky Canyon Drive in Murrieta, July 16 at 2 p.m.


A 13-year-old Murrieta boy who drowned during a pool party at Vista Murrieta High School June 3 was taken off life support Thursday after doctors declared him brain dead following the latest test performed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

The family of Alex Pierce was with him at the time of his passing on Thursday, more than a month after he was found at the bottom of a swimming pool during a year-end party for band and choir members from his middle school. Witnesses estimate he was under water for about 90 seconds, and he reportedly did not receive CPR until paramedics arrived a short time later.

Since then, Alex has laid in a hospital bed with no sign of brain activity. His family and community members prayed and held fundraisers in hopes that Alex could be saved.

Karen Parris, public information officer for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, released this statement Thursday:

"On behalf of the entire Murrieta Valley Unified School District family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to Alex’s family. This tragedy has deeply affected the entire community of Murrieta and words cannot adequately express the loss and sadness we feel for the Pierce family. As we mourn Alex’s passing, our thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength go out to his family and friends.

"From the time Alex entered kindergarten at Lisa J. Mails Elementary through his two years at Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, Alex touched the lives of the students, teachers, administrators and staff members in a very special way and he will be sorely missed. Alex's teachers said he had a positive attitude and he was a pleasure to have in class. He was fun-loving, well-liked and a friend to many. Alex was an honor roll student who was a member of the dance team and choir. Alex had his own distinct style and he loved being the center of attention."

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made through the GoFundMe account set up to assist with medical costs.

The drowning remains under police investigation.

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